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Cartes de Geographie Les plus Nouvelles et les plus Fideles
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1679. - Du VAL, Pierre (1619-1683). Cartes de Geographie Les plus Nouvelles et les plus fideles, Avecque leurs Divisions Regulieres, qui marquent les Bornes des Estats selon les derniers Traites de Paix. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1679. Folio (17 x 12 2/8 inches). Engraved "Introduction", "Alphabet et Definition des Termes", "Table Generale de Geographie", "Les Tables de Geographie reduites en un Jeu de Cartes" and two sheets of a games related to the German Empire (uncoloured), and one of place-names for Les Conciles; engraved allegorical title-page, fine double-page engraved double-hemisphere world map "Planisphere, ou Carte Generale de Monde", "Carte Universelle du Commerce", 1677 (Shirley 465, second state), and 89 double-page engraved maps, all with original hand-colour in outline. 19th-century tree sheep backed marbled paper boards, the spine in six compartments, with five raised bands, the second with maroon morocco lettering-piece, the others decorated with fine gilt tools (extremities a little scuffed, small abrasion to lower cover). Provenance: with 19th-century marginal manuscript scholarly annotations to L'Amerique autrement le Nouveau et Indes Occidentales Du Val's EXTREMELY RARE "Cartes Geographiques" (Pastoureau Duval II), was the only folio atlas published by him. It was initially a collection of du Val's own maps, with those of other authors, published in 1654, then 1665 and 1667. In 1677 du Val published a uniform collection of his grand four-part wall, and folio maps, with the allegorical frontispiece as here: an architectural border supporting two putti unveiling a large globe to a world of assorted grandees; beneath the pillared arch repose a gentleman traveller, a merchant with this bags of salt and pepper, a scientist illuminating his own hand, and a curious woman tending to her animals. The maps in this example of the "Cartes Geographiques" are EXCEPTIONALLY FINE, bright, clean and attractive examples, with original hand-colouring in outline, and include 2 world maps, double-hemisphere and on a Mercaor projection, 7 of his spectacular wall maps, 3 sheets of games, that seem to be the equivalent of our "Risk", and 89 detailed double-page maps, each detailed, but also beautiful for their elegant simplicity. Pierre du Val was the nephew of the celebrated French cartographer Nicolas Sanson d'Abbeville (1600-1667), mapmaker to Louis XIV, King of France, and responsible for sparking a renaissance in geographical endeavor in France, and laying the foundations for French domination in map production, initiating the so-called "French school of cartography," a school that was unprecedented in its attention to precision and scientific detail and which discarded much of the decorative embellishments of previous maps as irrelevant. Du Val adopted Sanson's geographical conceptions, confirming that the center of cartographic innovation had shifted from Holland to France. Du Val too was appointed to the position of ‘Geographe ordinaire’ to Louis XIV, and justifiably so. The maps include, in order: - World maps: Planisphere, ou Carte Generale de Monde (Duval II D), double-hemisphere world map, surrounded by diagrams showing compass points, winds and planetary orbits, a small terrestrial globe and an armillary sphere - Carte Universelle du Commerce, Carte Hidrographique, ou. Les Costes des 4 Parties du Monde, Avecque les Routes pour la Navigation des Indes, Occidentales et Orientales 1677 (Shirley 465, second state, first published in 1674), on Mercator’s projection showing the French and English routes to and from the East and West Indies, complete with galleons in full sail, the track of Le Maire across the Pacific, and an anonymous attempt to find a route to China and Japan through Hudson’s Bay in 1665. This map perpetuates the myth that California is an island, and displays some of the misunderstandings about the largely unexplored northwest coast of North America, such as the Straits of Anian. The lower half of the map is domina [Attributes: First Edition]
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